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It's a Nashty Business at Plainridge Park

on 10/19/2017 2:00 AM
A Nashty Business rolled into Plainridge Park last week from a multi-track sojourn that included three wins in two countries. He continued the streak at The Ridge in his track debut and returned to defend it this week in the top class and came away with his fifth straight win, taking the $14,000 Open Handicap Trot on Thursday afternoon. It was all A Nashty Business (Chris Long) from the start a...
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Kirby, Malone take Harrington titles

on 10/19/2017 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway completed its 71st season of live harness racing Thursday with a 13-race program. As has been customary, the meet’s leading trainer and driver were announced as part of closing night festivities. Brian Malone notched his first training title over the half-mile racetrack, with a meet best 33 wins. Malone, who is stabled in Delmar, Del., enjoyed a banner meet and had two ...
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Breeders Crown draw, Ind. HOF set for Monday

on 10/18/2017 2:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Association, Inc. will hold its fourth annual Hall of Fame Induction on Monday, Oct. 23, in Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's Homestretch dining area. The 2017 inductees include the Honorable Howard "Luke" A. Kenley, Lynn Wilfong, and Raymond J. "Steve" Panke (posthumously).   Each inductee will be honored with a resolution and portrait presentation, f...
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Favorites upended late in Pocono features

on 10/18/2017 2:00 AM
The second choice caught the pacesetting favorite in the shadow of the wire in both $16,000 distaff pacing features on Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Jenny's Terror hadn't earned a dime in her last five starts, but the subpar results were more a result of bad racing luck, and the daughter of Western Terror had plenty of backers as she rallied from second-over to...
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Breeders Crown comes full circle for Gaskin

on 10/18/2017 2:00 AM
For Ernie Gaskin, the Breeders Crown is a big deal.   In 1984, the first year of the Breeders Crown, Gaskin was an assistant trainer for legendary Hall of Fame trainer William R. Haughton. Gaskin was keenly involved with Nihilator, the stable's spectacular juvenile pacing colt who captured the hearts and souls of the Standardbred world with eye-catching victories in the Woodrow Wils...
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Corey Callahan replaces Moffett as USTA director

on 10/18/2017 2:00 AM
U. S. Trotting Association director Dr. William "Bill" Moffett, the chairman of USTA District 11, has notified the Association that he will not stand for re-election during the current election cycle, and instead will retire from the Board.   Moffett was first elected as a membership director in 2003, and has served continuously since then.   "I first met Doc at Harrah's ...
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Rood & Riddle open house set for Oct. 25

on 10/18/2017 2:00 AM
The veterinarians and staff of the LeBlanc Reproduction Center at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 4-6 p.m. at their new facilities, located at 2582 Ironworks Road, Georgetown, Ky.   This 210-acre farm, which was formerly part of Peninsula Farm, includes a stallion barn, a laboratory, a breeding shed, offices,...
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Woodbine ready to open final harness meet

on 10/18/2017 2:00 AM
Live harness racing returns to Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday for the 2017-18 Fall-Winter meet.   The Fall-Winter meet will feature live racing every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The lone exception is a special matinee card on Boxing Day (Dec. 26) at 1 p.m. The final number of race dates for the meet is pending regulatory approval.   ...
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USTA president on fractional ownership

on 10/18/2017 2:00 AM
The following article by USTA President Russell C. Williams provides a very brief overview of state and federal securities regulation and the issues you should consider if you plan to either offer or purchase fractional racing interests.   The USTA is not giving legal advice by publishing this piece, nor should anything in it be used as legal advice. Nothing in this piece expresses ...
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Key seeks another Breeders Crown winner

on 10/18/2017 2:00 AM
Bob Key has been a longtime participant in the Breeders Crown and an ardent supporter of the Grand Circuit. He knows what it takes to win at the sport's top level and appreciates the opportunities for success. "This is what you're shooting for," said the 84-year-old Key, who has won twice in the Breeders Crown series and sends three horses to this year's event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casi...
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Tamarind gets front-end win in Meadows trot

on 10/18/2017 2:00 AM
  Tamarind zipped to the front from post 7 and never had an anxious moment as he rolled to victory in Wednesday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot. Tamarind need to trot a swift 27.4 to reach the early lead, but when Aaron Merriman gave him a 29.4 second-quarter breather, he was home free, prevailing in 1:55.1. Maximum Credit shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-3/...
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Exotic Beach wins easily in Batavia feature

on 10/18/2017 2:00 AM
Without even a moment of doubt in the mile, Exotic Beach overpowered her five rivals to jog home with authority in the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 18). Exotic Beach (Larry Stalbaum) tucked in third off the gate while Squeeze This (Billy Davis Jr.) settled on the lead. But that was just a ruse by Stalbaum as he pulled Exotic Bea...
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Exciting Excelsior "A" Finals at Vernon

on 10/18/2017 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs hosted eight Excelsior "A" Finals for a purse of $45,000 each on Wednesday Night (October 18). Jim Morrill Jr. would capture the first three races. Checkered Past (Jim Morrill Jr) would charge late to win the first Excelsior "A" race for freshman pacing fillies. After several lead changes Checkered Past (American Ideal - Character Flaw) would make a third-over move going...
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McNair, Moreau, Grant take Mohawk titles

on 10/17/2017 2:00 AM
The 54th season of live racing at Mohawk Racetrack came to a close Monday evening with a 10-race card taking place.   The final night of the meet, which began on April 13, saw driver Doug McNair wrap up the driving title, while Richard Moreau added to his impressive numbers atop the trainer standings.   McNair was held off the board Monday, but finished the meet with 155 ...
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Wood adds to humanitarian efforts in Africa

on 10/17/2017 2:00 AM
Veteran harness horseman Ken Wood, of Denton, Md., who for more than a decade has been drilling wells for the poor West African nation of Ghana and since expanded to Tanzania, has added pioneering of another humanitarian effort -- bringing sight to natives.   With his son Ben, Wood operates Lifetime Wells Drilling Company, a highly respected well-drilling company, located on Marylan...
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WHHC set for April 28 at the Meadowlands

on 10/17/2017 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and DerbyWars.com are proud to announce the details for the 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) presented by DerbyWars.com set for Saturday, April 28, 2018   On that date, the top horseplayers in North America will compete for a guaranteed $75,000 prize pool in the WHHC final at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   "DerbyWars...
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Elims for all Breeders Crowns except Mare Trot

on 10/17/2017 2:00 AM
The Breeders Crown events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino attracted 166 entries for the $6 million championship finals on Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28. Eliminations will be needed in every division with the exception of the $250,000 Mare Trot, which drew just five mares as defending Breeders Crown champion Hannelore Hanover opted in against the males in the $526,250 Open Trot....
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Four returning Crown champs in Friday's elims

on 10/17/2017 2:00 AM
Four previous champions will be in action Friday as the road to this year's Breeders Crown finals begins with eliminations for female trotters and pacers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Eliminations for male trotters and pacers will be contested Saturday. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) both nights. A total of 166 horses entered this year's $6 million Breeders Crown, nearly equaling t...
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Big match-ups for Crown Saturday eliminations

on 10/17/2017 2:00 AM
Breeders Crown eliminations for male pacers and trotters will be held Saturday at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, with harness racing's No. 1-ranked star, Fear The Dragon, leading the way. Eliminations for female trotters and pacers will be contested Friday. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) both nights. A total of 166 horses entered this year's $6 million Breeders Crown. The finals for...
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Dreamsteeler scores 21-1 upset at The Meadows

on 10/17/2017 2:00 AM
Dreamsteeler exploded from the pocket at the top of the lane and got by a determined RV Janet to capture Tuesday’s $13,000 conditioned trot at The Meadows at a healthy 21-1. RV Janet was so resolute on the front that no effective outside flow could form. But she couldn’t shake Dreamsteeler, who responded to the urging of trainer/driver Tyler Stillings and edged RV Janet by a neck in 1:5...
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